CW4 Gary Bill Hayes was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/15/2002 at the age of 61.6 from Cancer
Nixa, MO
Flight Classes 65-3W and 65-3
Date of Birth 07/27/1940
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with C/1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 65-66
This information was provided by L. Rutledge

More detail on this person: Gary Bill Hayes, 61, of Nixa, Missouri died February 15, 2002 after a 3-year battle with cancer. Gary, who was a member of the class of 65-3, served in Vietnam with C/1/9 CAV in 1965 and 66. His early aviation career was as a pilot with the Missouri Highway Patrol. He moved on to become a well-know legend with the Missouri National Guard serving as an instructor pilot and safety officer. After retirement He continued to work as a state safety inspector. His wife of many years, Velda and his three daughters, Lisa, Kim, and Jana survives Gary. Gary has touched the lives of many and will be remembered through stories for many years. See Ya, Gary.

From: L. Rutledge

Gary Bill Hayes, 61, Nixa, passed away Friday, February 15, 2002 in his home. He was born July 27, 1940 in Marshall, Mo., the son of Harry and Marie (McKenna) Hayes.

On October 12, 1963 he and Velda Mae Eckhoff were married. He served his country in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Missouri National Gaurd. He was an instructor pilot and and also worked as a safety inspector for the State of Missouri, and a as a pilot for the Missouri Highway Patrol. Gary was a wonderful husband and father to his girls and was loved by all those who knew him. He was a member of Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Nixa. Survivors include his wife, Velda, "Pete" Hayes; three daughters, Lisa Hayes, Kansas City, Kim Abbott and her husband Thomas Martin Abbott, Jefferson City, and Jana Hayes, St. Louis; his mother, Marie Hayes, presently residing at Christian Health Care of Nixa; two grandchildren, Randi and Megan Abbott; a brother, Paul Curtis Hayes, San Diego, Calif.; and a sister, Carolyn Sue Kehl, Lake Arrowhead, Calif He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Elwood Hayes and Dennis Hayes.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, in Family of Christ LutheranChurch, Nixa, with Pastor Dale Bond officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to5 p.m. Monday, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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